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Only yesterday boys and girls spoke of embracing and kissing (necking) as getting to first base. Second base was deep kissing, plus groping and fondling this and that. Third base was oral sex. Home plate was going all the way. That was yesterday. Here in the Year 2000 we can forget about necking. Today's girls and boys have never heard of anything that dainty. Today first base is deep kissing, now known as tonsil hockey, plus groping and fondling this and that. Second base is oral sex. Third base is going all the way. Home plate is being introduced by name.

And how rarely our hooked-up boys and girls are introduced by name!-as Tom Wolfe has discovered from a survey of girls' File-o-Fax diaries, to cite but one of Hooking Up's displays of his famed reporting prowess. Wolfe ranges from coast to coast chronicling everything from the sexual manners and mores of teenagers... to fundamental changes in the way human beings now regard themselves thanks to the hot new field of genetics and neuroscience. . . to the inner workings of television's magazine-show sting operations.

Printed here in its entirety is "Ambush at Fort Bragg," a novella about sting TV in which Wolfe prefigured with eerie accuracy three cases of scandal and betrayal that would soon explode in the press. A second piece of fiction, "U. R. Here," the story of a New York artist who triumphs precisely because of his total lack of talent, gives us a case history preparing us for Wolfe's forecast ("My Three Stooges," "The Invisible Artist") of radical changes about to sweep the arts in America.

As an espresso after so much full-bodied twenty-first-century fare, we get a trip to Memory Mall. Reprinted here for the first time are Wolfe's two articles about The New Yorker magazine and its editor, William Shawn, which ignited one of the great firestorms of twentieth-century journalism. Wolfe's afterword about it all is in itself a delicious draught of an intoxicating era, the Twistin' Sixties.

In sum, here is Tom Wolfe at the height of his powers as reporter, novelist, sociologist, memoirist, and-to paraphrase what Balzac called himself-the very secretary of American society in the 21st century.

Synopsis:

America's maestro reporter/novelist gives America an MRI at the dawn of a new age. In "Hooking Up", Wolfe ranges from coast to coast, chronicling everything from the sexual manners and mores of teenagers to fundamental changes in the way human beings now regard themselves--thanks to the hot new fields of genetics and neuroscience--to the inner workings of television's magazine-show sting operations.

Synopsis:

In Hooking Up, Tom Wolfe ranges from coast to coast observing 'the lurid carnival actually taking place in the mightiest country on earth in the year 2000.' From teenage sexual manners and mores to fundamental changes in the way human beings now regard themselves thanks to the hot new fields of genetics and neuroscience; from his legendary profile of William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker (first published in 1965), to a remarkable portrait of Bob Noyce, the man who invented Silicon Valley, Tom Wolfe the master of reportage and satire returns in vintage form.

Synopsis:

America's maestro reporter/novelist gives America an MRI at the dawn of a new age. In "Hooking Up", Wolfe ranges from coast to coast, chronicling everything from the sexual manners and mores of teenagers to fundamental changes in the way human beings now regard themselves--thanks to the hot new fields of genetics and neuroscience--to the inner workings of television's magazine-show sting operations.

About the Author

Tom Wolfe> is the author of more than a dozen books, among them such contemporary classics as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff, The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Man in Full. A native of Richmond, Virginia, he earned his B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies at Yale. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Hooking up. Hooking up: what life was like at the turn of the second millennium: an American's world — The human beast. Two young men who went west — Digibabble, fairy dust, and the human anthill — Sorry, but your soul just died — Vita robusta, ars anorexica. In the land of the rococo Marxists — The invisible artist — The great relearning — My three stooges — Ambush at Fort Bragg: a novella. Ambush at Fort Bragg — The New Yorker affair. Foreword: Murderous gutter journalism — Tiny mummies! The true story of the ruler of 43rd Street's land of the walking dead — Lost in the whichy thickets — Afterword: High in the saddle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374103828
Author:
Wolfe, Tom
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
no. FPT 00-11
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
293
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by , America's maestro reporter/novelist gives America an MRI at the dawn of a new age. In "Hooking Up", Wolfe ranges from coast to coast, chronicling everything from the sexual manners and mores of teenagers to fundamental changes in the way human beings now regard themselves--thanks to the hot new fields of genetics and neuroscience--to the inner workings of television's magazine-show sting operations.
"Synopsis" by ,
In Hooking Up, Tom Wolfe ranges from coast to coast observing 'the lurid carnival actually taking place in the mightiest country on earth in the year 2000.' From teenage sexual manners and mores to fundamental changes in the way human beings now regard themselves thanks to the hot new fields of genetics and neuroscience; from his legendary profile of William Shawn, editor of The New Yorker (first published in 1965), to a remarkable portrait of Bob Noyce, the man who invented Silicon Valley, Tom Wolfe the master of reportage and satire returns in vintage form.

"Synopsis" by , America's maestro reporter/novelist gives America an MRI at the dawn of a new age. In "Hooking Up", Wolfe ranges from coast to coast, chronicling everything from the sexual manners and mores of teenagers to fundamental changes in the way human beings now regard themselves--thanks to the hot new fields of genetics and neuroscience--to the inner workings of television's magazine-show sting operations.
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